Robert Bracy, retired pipefitter

OBITS-BracyRobertRobert A. Bracy, 77, of Fulton, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Oswego Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born in New Haven, a son to the late Kenneth and Gladys Lawton Bracy. He attended Mexico Academy and enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He retired in 1991 from the Local 73, Oswego, where he was a pipefitter for several years.

He was a member of the Fulton Elks Lodge #830 and was a past Elk of the Year in 1981. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his morning coffee at the Foursome Diner with his buddies.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Flora Wilson, and two brothers, Charles and Donald Bracy.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Marcia Quade Bracy; five children, Richard (Cathy) Bracy of Fulton, Robert (Sue) Bracy of Cicero, Randy (Katy) Bracy of Palmyra, Cyndie (Mike) Tolone of the Bronx and Doug (Mary) Quade of Redfield; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, and nephews.

Calling hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services to follow.

Contributions may be made to Menter’s Oswego County Ambulance Service, 404 Ontario St., Fulton, NY 13069 or the Founder’s Affiliate of American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Edward Gillette, Avid bowler

EDEdward Charles Gillette, 41, died peacefully at his home in Abilene, Texas March 3, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He resided in Fulton most all of his life. In 2005, he moved to Texas where he was a commercial and residential painter. He attended G. Ray Bodley High School. He was an avid bowler and had a perfect 300 game. He enjoyed playing pool, watching NASCAR and was a Dallas Cowboys fan.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, Edward and Marion Gillette, Forbie Gorman and Margaret Scott.

Surviving are his parents, Alice and Charles “Bummer” Gillette of Fulton; daughter, Emily Gillette Driggers and son-in-law Sean of Texas; wife, Charmin and children, Parker (Brittany) Hoskins, Dokota Hoskins and Cassie (Aaron) Merkle and their grandchildren: Shailie, Cameron and Ella Rose, all of Texas.

Funeral services were officiated by his uncle, the Rev. William Ormsby at Dove Funeral Home in Abilene, Texas.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, March 30 at 4 p.m. at Fulton Christian Fellowship, 206 State St., Fulton.

County to participate in St. Patrick’s Day STOP-DWI crackdown

Oswego County STOP-DWI Coordinator Robert Lighthall announced that Oswego County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start March 15 and will end March 18.

St. Patrick’s Day weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving, said Lighthall.

New York State Police, county sheriff and municipal law-enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force in this across the board effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths.

The STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association.

The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day Weekend, Halloween and the national Holiday season in December.

“If you plan on consuming alcohol, have a plan before you start. Have a designated driver, call a taxi or walk, whatever you do, just don’t drive,” said Lighthall.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers, he added.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

Nature’s Newscast

by Jim Farfaglia

 

The wind rushes in with its weather update:

A warm front approaches,

breathing life into your winter blues.

 

Geese call in this sports exclusive:

Get ready for spring to touch down;

 let’s meet on the field and make some noise!

 

Mr. Skunk broadcasts his latest bulletin:

I’m back for another year –

bet you missed me while I was gone.

 

Crocuses come up with an eye-catching headline:

Atop green arms standing soldier-tall,

we offer our colorful front-page news.

Fulton Bantams capture title in Boulter Classic Tournament

The Fulton Bantam hockey team ended its season with a championship win in the Webster Cyclone Boulter Classic House Tournament. In back from left are assistant coaches Bob Hunter and Dave Runeare, Nate Shaw, Robbie Carson, Seth Cooney, Nolan Bonnie, Ethan Cimino, and head coach Bill Beckwith. In middle are Will Fruce, Evan Beckwith, Kameron Whipple, Cameron Clarke, Sarah Rice, and Richie King. In front is Evan Burdick.
The Fulton Bantam hockey team ended its season with a championship win in the Webster Cyclone Boulter Classic House Tournament. In back from left are assistant coaches Bob Hunter and Dave Runeare, Nate Shaw, Robbie Carson, Seth Cooney, Nolan Bonnie, Ethan Cimino, and head coach Bill Beckwith. In middle are Will Fruce, Evan Beckwith, Kameron Whipple, Cameron Clarke, Sarah Rice, and Richie King. In front is Evan Burdick.

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by The Blue Moon Grill, CVAC, RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting and B&T Sports, ended its season with a championship win in the Webster Cyclone Boulter Classic House Tournament.

The Raiders went undefeated and topped Monroe County/White 3-0 to in the title game.

Fulton 6, Depew 0:  Fulton’s Cameron Clarke was first to light up the scoreboard early in game, Ethan Cimino assisting. Robbie Carson tallied number two for the Raiders, his 30th goal of the season, with a slap shot mid-second period.

Fulton came on strong in the third stanza, first with a goal from Cimino, Kameron Whipple and Clarke assisting, and another goal from Carson, thanks to a passing play between Nate Shaw and Cimino.

Evan Beckwith skated the puck in and sunk an upper corner shot before Clarke sealed a win, scoring on a breakaway.

Fulton goalie Evan Burdick earned his 12th shutout of the season.

Fulton 4, MCYH/White 1:  After a scoreless first period, Will Fruce got scoring started for the Raiders off a feed from Evan Beckwith.

Monroe County responded with the equalizer to close the period.  Ethan Cimino opened the third stanza netting a short-handed goal to give Fulton the lead.

A second short-handed goal came soon after from Robbie Carson.  Raider Nate Shaw blew one in from the point in the final minutes of play.

Fulton 13, MCYH/Yeager 0:  Kameron Whipple and Evan Beckwith scored three goals each for a hat trick (#15 of the season for Whipple and #35 for Beckwith) and Seth Cooney netted two for the Raiders (season #15).

Clarke scored twice (#40 of the season) while Robbie Carson, Ethan Cimino (season #10) and Nolan Bonnie contributed one goal each.  Both Richie King and Clarke earned playmakers, tallying three assists each.  Sarah Rice and Will Frice earned two assists each. Nolan Bonnie, Nate Shaw, Carson, Beckwith and Cimino all contributed one assist in the win.

Burdick notched his 13th shutout of the season.

Championship Game, Fulton 3, MCYH/White 0: The first period ended scoreless for both teams.  Mid second period, Clarke scored off a rebound from Ethan Cimino, Bonnie also assisting.

Carson netted one soon after with a shot from the point to close the period.

Beckwith took advantage of a power play late in the third period to score a final goal for the Raiders, Clarke and Bonnie credited with the assist.

Burdick ended the tournament with his 14th shutout for Fulton this season.

The Fulton Bantam hockey team is coached by Bill Beckwith along with assistants Dave Runeare and Bob Hunter.

Light in the Darkness: March 13, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

Speaking of many of the great men and women of faith who have passed, the writer to the Hebrews said, “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.  Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own.  If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back.  But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”  — Hebrews 11:13-16

This passage refers to those who had turned from the world and its illicit pleasures in favor of a life of faithful obedience to the Lord. They followed the same path Moses did, who “chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time”, (v. 25).

This speaks to us, today, for it is both the same and only path for those who want to know that “God is not ashamed to be called their God.”

Those who choose this path do not long for the “country they came from.” They do not long for the old life and its ways. They may experience its tug from time to time, but they know that such desire comes from the flesh which is weak and is constantly at war with the Spirit (Galatians 5:17).

They understand that that old way of life is a way that leads only to destruction and death and so they resist such temptation in the Spirit.

It says clearly that if they had longed for it, they “could have gone back.” God does not remove our ability to make choices even after we set out hearts to obey Him. He never does that.

How are you doing, dear Christian? Are you faithfully and confidently looking forward to dwelling in that city which has been designed and built on eternal foundations by God Himself?

If so, you know the joy and sense of security that comes from a faithful relationship. You have the assurance that this city is being prepared for you and you have your eye set steadfastly upon it.

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Zoo To You Program visits Oswego County BOCES

Pigwidgeon, an eastern screech owl, is nearly inaudible as he flaps his wings during a visit with Oswego County BOCES students. Zoo To You Education Coordinator Ashlea Vallejos talked to students at OCB about the shape and design of an owl’s feathers and how this helps the animal fly very stealth-like when tracking prey.
Pigwidgeon, an eastern screech owl, is nearly inaudible as he flaps his wings during a visit with Oswego County BOCES students. Zoo To You Education Coordinator Ashlea Vallejos talked to students at OCB about the shape and design of an owl’s feathers and how this helps the animal fly very stealth-like when tracking prey.

Students at Oswego County BOCES’ Fourth Street School and Stepping Stones Day Program welcomed three special guests to their school recently.

The guests were a ball python, an eastern box turtle and an eastern screech owl. They are part of the Zoo To You traveling wildlife education program coordinated through the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.

Accompanying the three guests for the visit was Education Coordinator Ashlea Vallejos and Program Volunteer Jennifer Marquez, who talked to students about each animal’s unique characteristics, natural habitat, eating habits, and natural predators as well as their environment at the zoo.

In addition, each student was given an opportunity to interact with the zoo professionals and animals, learning first-hand what a snake’s skin and a turtle’s shell feels like and how quiet an owl is in flight.

Foul shooting contest winners

The Kiwanis Club of Fulton and Fulton Savings Bank recently announced the winners of the annual Nunzio Fichera Foul Shooting Contest, which was held March 2  at the Fulton War Memorial. The winners included first grade, Bradyn Kuc and Mason Fuller; second grade, Will Patterson and Elizabeth Caltabiano; third grade girls, Channing Noel and Kendall Cuyler; fourth grade girls, Skyler Gibson and Lexi Patterson; third grade boys, Mathew Miller and Robert Voss; fourth grade boys, Brandon Witkovsky and Brian Sullivan; fifth grade girls, Brooke Jarvis and Bernadette DeMott; sixth grade girls, Jacquline Knobluck and Elizabeth Roik; fifth grade boys, Dillan Plantz and Anthony Dashnau; and sixth grade boys, Ryan Barry and Joey Benabidz.
The Kiwanis Club of Fulton and Fulton Savings Bank recently announced the winners of the annual Nunzio Fichera Foul Shooting Contest, which was held March 2 at the Fulton War Memorial. The winners included first grade, Bradyn Kuc and Mason Fuller; second grade, Will Patterson and Elizabeth Caltabiano; third grade girls, Channing Noel and Kendall Cuyler; fourth grade girls, Skyler Gibson and Lexi Patterson; third grade boys, Mathew Miller and Robert Voss; fourth grade boys, Brandon Witkovsky and Brian Sullivan; fifth grade girls, Brooke Jarvis and Bernadette DeMott; sixth grade girls, Jacquline Knobluck and Elizabeth Roik; fifth grade boys, Dillan Plantz and Anthony Dashnau; and sixth grade boys, Ryan Barry and Joey Benabidz.

 

 

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